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Volleyball Team Serves Up Another Victory

Although the season ended in November, the Lady Cougars Volleyball Team recently scored another victory—this time in the classroom. Last week, when the National Christian College Athletic Association announced their Fall Scholar Team Awards, the Lady Cougars were among twenty different fall athletic teams recognized as Team Scholars from colleges and universities across division I and II.

The NCCAA has established the Scholar Team Award to honor NCCAA athletic teams that demonstrate academic success in the classroom, thereby emphasizing the importance of academics within the national organization and promoting individual student scholarship. All varsity teams must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale in order to receive this award.

Coach Denny was pleased with this year’s team academic accomplishment. “The NCCAA honors individuals who excel in scholarship; it is only appropriate that they honor entire teams who perform well. Every season one of our goals is to have at least a 3.0 team G.P.A. This year, the players really exceeded my expectations by achieving a team G.P.A of 3.53. I believe this demonstrates that we can be successful in school as well as in sports. As a full time faculty member, I am always pleased when my teams do well academically.”

The members of this year’s Scholar Team include five freshmen: Richelle Bucklin, Amanda Ison, Georganna Little, Alyse Sugimoto, and Cady Spraul; two sophomores: Emma Kile and Jessye Pisani; three juniors: Danielle Heffernan, Elisabeth Ennis and Kayla Whitely; and four seniors: Alyssa Hallice, Ashley Lawson, Rebekah Monhollen, and Christine Sugimoto.